Less than a week ago, a short international trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released. While previous theatrical previews for the prequel had focused largely on the familiar sci-fi cautionary tale aspect of the film, that last Apes clip was bigger on the emotional drama that involves the ape Caesar (brought to life by Andy Serkis) as he struggles to find his place in the world.
Now a full-length UK trailer for the new installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise has been released - and it delves even further into Caesar's journey from a simple infant chimpanzee to the neurologically-enhanced leader of a non-human primate revolution.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes chronicles the efforts of a genetic engineer named Will Rodman (James Franco) as he tests his new drug for curing Alzheimer's disease on apes, including a young Caesar. As the chimp matures, he also begins to develop human-level intelligence and is able to communicate with his surrogate human family. Caesar's inability to function in human society eventually forces Rodman to move him to a primate sanctuary run by a cruel man (Brian Cox) - whose actions eventually inspire Caesar to lead a rebellion against his captors.
There are a number of scenes in this new Apes trailer that mirror some of the more famous moments in the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie (ex. apes running away from human police officers on horseback, Tom Felton locking up Caesar in a pen and maliciously spraying him down with a hose). Longtime Apes fans should keep an eye out for additional "Easter Eggs" that visually reference or harken back to other installments in the sci-fi series.
Fair warning, though - the Rise of the Planet of the Apes UK trailer does essentially outline almost the entirety of Caesar's character arc in the film. So consider that your MILD SPOILER WARNING.
Check out said trailer (via The Sun) below:
Director Rupert Wyatt has spoken in the past about how Rise of the Planet of the Apes attempts to use "a more scientific approach" to account for the eventual downfall of human civilization - and the film could actually do just that. However, the "what has man done?" storyline of the film is very conventional and there's certainly the risk that the Apes prequel will end up being yet another corny parable in which humankind brings about its own doom by tampering with the laws of nature.
On the other hand: The CGI and motion-capture work by WETA is overall top notch, as both Caesar and his simian comrades look as convincing as any other digitally-rendered creatures ever put to film. More important than how realistic Caesar looks, is how emotionally-expressive the character is. As demonstrated by Serkis and WETA's previous computer-animated primate character (a.k.a. King Kong), if moviegoers are able to emotionally connect with a CGI creation, they're all the more willing to overlook flaws - and stop going on about whether or not the character looks legitimately "real."
Rise of the Planet of the Apes will arrive in U.S. theaters on August 5th, 2011.
Source: The Sun
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